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Grants Overview

3 photos from past WQEC grantees (from top): South Grand River Watershed   Association kids working in woods; West   39th Street Community Improvement   District woman with flowers; Blue River   Watershed Association loading truck with invasive Asian Bush Honeysuckle.

MARC, on behalf of the Water Quality Public Education Committee annually requests proposals from individuals and community groups to implement educational activities, events or projects designed to promote actions that will improve water quality in the Kansas City area. The Committee wants to continue its focus on educating citizens about stormwater as a primary source of water pollution and about actions that individuals can take to reduce the amount of polluted stormwater that enters our lakes, rivers and streams.

Grant Program Objectives

This grant program is designed to improve public understanding about the negative impact that stormwater runoff has on our local rivers and streams. The grants allow individuals and community groups to develop their own educational activities, host events and help planned projects become a reality. The call for applications takes place every spring.

Individuals, nonprofit organizations and community groups are eligible to apply for grant funding under this program. Government entities and religious organizations are not eligible to apply. Grant funds must be used to support activity and/or event planning, project implementation and associated costs.

Selected proposals must address at least one of the following water quality education goals:

  • Provide public education about the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff and water pollution.
  • Promote policies and management practices that reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution.
  • Implement best management practices (BMPs) to reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution in area creeks and streams.

2016 Grant Recipients
(The following is a summary of projects. For more information, see the full descriptions for 2016.)

  • StoneLion Puppet Theater ($5,000): The group will host a “Clean Water-Clean Planet: Puppets for the Planet Festival Series.”
  • Green Works in Kansas City ($2,935): Students will participate in a “trash mob” project, documenting their urban cleanup efforts and informing community members of the importance of their activities.
  • Healthy Rivers Partnership (HRP) ($3,000): HRP organized the 26th Project Blue River Rescue (PBRR) in April 2016. PBRR is the largest one-day stream cleanup in Missouri.
  • Healthy River Partnership - Big Muddy Cleanup ($2,387): HRP will gather 500 volunteers at Kaw Point Park on Oct. 1, 2016, for the Big Muddy Cleanup. Goals of the event include providing education to the public about non-point source pollution, and demonstrating best management practices through a river cleanup.
  • Friends of the Kaw ($1,778): This project will manage and facilitate a program designed to cleanup and promote stewardship of the boat ramps along the Kansas River.
  • Little Blue River Watershed Coalition ($3,900): LBRWC will hold The Missouri River Watershed Festival, which educates students about the adverse impacts of stormwater runoff and water pollution.
  • Food for People KC ($1,000): This native habitat creation project will educate youth and adults about the importance of native plants in removing pollutants from the air and soil in order to improve water quality.

Read more about activities, events and projects funded through this program:

Program funders

Grant funds are administered by Mid-America Regional Council. The program is funded by local municipal contributions.